National chiefs echo Manitoba First Nations’ stance on flood diversion plan – CBC

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Aug 14, 2015

‘We need immediate action to help the evacuees and victims,’ Assembly of First Nations chief says

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has joined the chorus of voices criticizing the federal and provincial governments’ planned investment in flood prevention projects in Manitoba, arguing the focus should be on helping displaced First Nation flood victims.

On July 31, the provincial and federal governments announced a commitment of $495 million to flood prevention projects around Lake Manitoba communities like Lake St. Martin, a reserve that has been flooded-out since 2011. About 2,000 evacuees have been living in hotels and apartments since then.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) came out against the announcement earlier this week, claiming First Nations were not consulted ahead of the decision.

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